• Centerstone offers Parent Support Group in Southern Illinois

    January 30, 2020
    Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, today announced that it would offer parent support groups throughout Southern Illinois. The new group, called Parent Peers Empowering Parents (PPEP), will meet regularly throughout the year to provide support, education and inspiration for all parents of Southern Illinois.
    “The aim of the group is to empower parents, allow them a place to be heard and provide parent peer support,” said Niki Grajewski, Clinical Manager at Centerstone.
    In December, Centerstone announced that it received a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) to improve the mental health of children and communities throughout Southern Illinois. PPEP was created as a result of the grant.
    “Part of the outcomes for the ILCHF grant asks us to improve parental engagement, decrease caregiver stress, and increase peer-provided services in our project area,” said Grajewski. “PPEP will be provided mostly by parent peer supporters, who are parents with lived experience navigating the mental health system. They will aim to support, inform and help parents build their own capacity for supporting their families.”
    The first meetings of PPEP are scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m.:
    • Wednesday, February 12 at Unity Point School, 4033 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale
    • Tuesday, February 25 at Marion Junior High School, 1609 West Main, Marion
    • Tuesday, March 10 at Christopher Elementary School, 501 South Snider, Christopher
    “We wanted to provide multiple options in several communities to make it easy for parents to get involved and decrease transportation barriers,” Grajewski said.
    All parents in Southern Illinois are welcome. There is no fee to join and no commitment required to participate. Dinner, childcare and activities for children will be provided.
    For more information or to RSVP, contact Brandy Moore at (618) 457-6703, ext. 7772, or brandy.moore@centerstone.org.
    About Centerstone
    Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. We provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, education and support to communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee and additionally offer individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities life skills development, employment and housing services. Nationally, we have specialized programs for service members, veterans and their loved ones, and develop employee assistance programs for businesses of all sizes. Our research institute improves behavioral healthcare through research and technology, and our foundation secures philanthropic resources to support our work. For more information, visit www.centerstone.org.
    Brandy Moore
    618-457-6703 ext. 7772